Body and Soul: Notebooks of an Apprentice Boxer

Paperback | November 9, 2006

byLoic Wacquant

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When French sociologist Loic Wacquant signed up at a boxing gym in a black neighborhood of Chicago's South Side, he had never contemplated getting close to a ring, let alone climbing into it. Yet for three years he immersed himself among local fighters, amateur and professional. He learned theSweet science of bruising, participating in all phases of the pugilist's strenuous preparation, from shadow-boxing drills to sparring to fighting in the Golden Gloves tournament. In this experimental ethnography of incandescent intensity, the scholar-turned-boxer dissects the making of prizefightersand supplies a model for a "carnal sociology" capable of capturing "the taste and ache of action." Body and Soul marries the analytic rigor of the sociologist with the stylistic grace of the novelist to offer a compelling portrait of a bodily craft and of life and labor in the black American ghetto at century's end, but also a revealing tale of self transformation and social transcendence. And,by fleshing out Pierre Bourdieu's signal concept of habitus, it deepens our theoretical grasp of human practice.

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When French sociologist Loic Wacquant signed up at a boxing gym in a black neighborhood of Chicago's South Side, he had never contemplated getting close to a ring, let alone climbing into it. Yet for three years he immersed himself among local fighters, amateur and professional. He learned theSweet science of bruising, participating in...

Loic Wacquant is Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Berkeley, and Researcher at the Centre de sociologie europeenne, Paris. A MacArthur Foundation Fellow, he is the author of numerous works on urban marginality, ethnoracial domination, the penal state, and social theory, translated in some dozen languages. He is a...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 5.39 × 8.19 × 0.91 inPublished:November 9, 2006Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195305620

ISBN - 13:9780195305623

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Table of Contents

The Taste and Ache of ActionPreface to the U.S. EditionPrologueThe Street and the RingAn Island of Order and Virtue"The Boys Who Beat the Street"A Scientifically Savage PracticeThe Social Logic of SparringAn Implicit and Collective PedagogyManaging Bodily CapitalFight Night at Studio 104"You Scared I Might Mess Up 'Cause You Done Messed Up"Weigh-in at the Illinois State BuildingAn Anxious AfternoonWelcome to Studio 104Pitiful PreliminariesStrong Beats Hannah by TKO in the FourthMake Way for the Exotic Dancers"You Stop Two More Guys and I'll Stop Drinkin'""Busy" Louie at the Golden GlovesList of IllustrationsA Note on Acknowledgments and TranscriptionIndex

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"Body and Soul will pull you into the deep rhythms of boxing and should certainly earn a place in the canon of literature in the ring."--Los Angeles Times